During a ceremony Nov.3 at the new Santa Clarita Medical Offices 2 on Tourney Road, scheduled to begin delivering specialty care services to members next March, Kaiser Permanente presented eight local non-profit organizations with community benefit grants totaling just over $62,000.
The grants were made to the following community agencies and programs:
- Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley encourages low income youth in the Santa Clarita Valley to adopt healthy lifestyles through their half hour hustle after school program, provision of healthy snacks, cooking classes, and team and recreational sports.
- Bridge to Home expands its Healthy Lives Medical and Dental programs with a Health Navigator providing on site coordination and case management for homeless individuals in the Santa Clarita Valley connecting them to clinical care and helping clients establish medical homes.
- Carousel Ranch provides equestrian therapy and physical exercise for children with special needs who are at risk of obesity resulting from a sedentary lifestyle.
- Child & Family Center provides school-based mental health support and counseling for children showing early signs of behavioral health problems in elementary school.
- Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita provides on-site mental health counseling support to victims of domestic violence and their children at the emergency shelter.
- Northeast Valley Health Corporation provides a diabetes self-management program for low-income Spanish-speaking Latino patients in the Santa Clarita Valley.
- Samuel Dixon Family Health Center provides much needed retinal screenings for low income uninsured diabetic patients in the Santa Clarita Valley.
- Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center provides case management, health & wellness programming, and screenings to low income seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The facility will incorporate video and phone appointments, integration with mobile devices for check-in, and a layout that promotes coordinated care delivery. Flat screen monitors in exam rooms will be used to share information with patients and for remote consultations.
Local VIPs were given a tour of the 64,000-square foot facility, in the former U.S. Borax headquarters building. Kaiser’s existing building, also on Tourney Road, will remain open.